She lost districtwide, but Roselle Board of Education President Donna Obe voted for a winning insurance contract connected to a local ally otherwise badgered by politics and charges of insurance fraud.
In the wee hours of Wednesday morning, Obe and fellow Board member Tony Esposito took the lead in dumping Hub Insurance’s health insurance contract for 400 some-odd district employees and instead hiring Alamo Insurance of North Bergen.
The total cost for prescription and medical for 2013 – 2014 will be $7,512,703.
In the after-midnight audience sat former Roselle Mayor Garrett Smith, ejected from the mayor’s seat by Jamel Holley in 2011, and reconstituted as a 2013 helpmate of Obe, who a few weeks ago was upended in her Democratic primary challenge of state Sen. Ray Lesniak (D-20).
Two sources close to Roselle politics described Smith as a Roselle contact person for Alamo.
A call to the insurance contractor revealed that while the former mayor doesn’t work out of the Hudson County office, Smith does work for the insurance broker.
Calls and texts to Smith, as well as emails to Obe and Esposito were not returned.
While fighting for Alamo Insurance, Smith is simultaneously trying to fend off insurance fraud charges connected to a 2010 incident. To this day, Smith disputes that he filed false police and insurance reports after a car crack-up.
His case is pending.
The ousted Hub was successful in negotiating three points off the Horizon medical rates for a composite renewal of 10.01% effective August 1 of this year, but failed to convince the Obe-led Board of Education that it should be retained.